“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20, NLT).

Even though prayer is as simple as talking to God, misconceptions and superstitions about it abound. One in particular goes away in light of this verse: we must pray to release God’s power and working in our lives. To believe we are the ones holding him back from doing anything because of the inadequacy of our prayers or even the lack of prayer is to limit God in an arrogant, self-righteous way.

God’s power doesn’t need to be released! Using prayer as a magic formula puts the responsibility on us and puts him in a bad light to those who don’t know him. He can do infinitely more than we could ever ask or imagine; he blesses us more than we know or would dare to ask and he is not limited by our weak, puny prayers. And that’s why he gets all the glory!